Prayer: O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you healed me. Thank you. Amen. (Psalm 30: 2)
Reading: Psalm 30 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: A friend of mine needs healing. She has broken her wrist; a third serious break on top of other recent medical issues. When it happened I could truly see the pain in her face and the despair in her spirit. She was crying out for help. Thank goodness it was there - caring people right there, ice immediately and medical attention within minutes. Still, as bone breaks go, the healing will take awhile. There will be more times of crying out for help with daily tasks, with rehabilitating her wrist and with keeping her spirits up. All toward a goal of healing.
When we are in need of help, it is good to know it is nearby. The closest it can be is the the presence of the Lord as we cry out to Him. The Psalmist knew this and found healing. Thank you, Lord for the helpers in our lives and your presence in our hearts. May healing come to all; especially to my friend, Kathy. --Ruth Gates
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